Why testing?

The Earth is constantly bombarded by cosmic rays. The primary cosmic rays interact with the atmosphere, creating showers of secondary particles. Some particles are stopped in the atmosphere, but others penetrate to altitudes used for human activities (0 - 10 km).

These particles may cause electronics to malfunction, particularly in space and at aircraft altitudes, but also in terrestrial environments. For example, if a particle hits the active volume of a memory cell, its state can change from 0 to 1, or vice versa.

 Spacecraft electronics Avionics Terrestrial applications
  Spacecraft electronics              Avionics                Terrestrial applications

By testing at our facility the users could ensure being in control of the impact of radiation-induced phenomena on the performance of their equipment.

Read more about Single Event Effects (SEE) here.

An energetic particle (cosmic ray) hitting a MOS device